Event Recap: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, Atlanta
We just finished our AT&T Mobile App Hackathon at our newest AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, GA with over 104 attendees. This particular hackathon was designed to explore both home automation and solutions for the disabled. We brought in ARM mbed microcontrollers, Vuzix M100 glasses, and Wahoo Heart Rate Monitors along with evangelists to help support development with these technologies.
I’d like to give a special thanks to our senseis who gave up their weekends in order to assist teams in reaching the finish line. Working with hardware is fun and awesome, but at times it can feel like your slamming your head against the wall. So, I also want to thank all our teams for toughing it out and hacking all day.
The event fostered many ambitious ideas that left some teams running into issues with scope, but at the end of the day, seven teams were able to complete their apps and pitch their solutions. You can see pictures taken at the Hackathon on our Facebook page.
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Here are the apps and winners the event:
- Best Home Automation App – $500 in Gift Cards – Team volveR
- Best App to Benefit the Disabled – $500 in Gift Cards – Team myGuide
- Best Use of AT&T APIs – $500 in Gift Cards – Team Home Command
- Best Mobile App (tied) – $250 in Gift Cards – Team Visible Sound
- Best Mobile App (tied) – $250 in Gift Cards – Team Connected Health
Here’s what the teams created:
Team Visible Sound – Living with a disability forces you to rely on your other senses more than normal. For instance, when you’re blind, you rely more heavily on sound and touch. When your deaf, you rely more heavily on smell and sight. With visible sound, we looked at audible alerts that are commonplace in our lives and converted them to visual alerts using Philips hue. The visible sound app allows you to select a visual queue and associate it with triggers. The days of missing texts or being surprised by a visitor are behind you with visible sound.
Team myGuide – myGuide is intended to assist the blind with everyday tasks, increase their independence and generally make things easier. No more running into unknown things or people! The myGuide app uses sonar to detect objects that are within 6 feet and vibrates your phone to let you know you’re approaching an object. This data is also stored in AT&T’s cloud using the M2X APIs.
Team volveR – We wrote a device hub to allow home automation of devices that you may already have such as Nest thermostats and WeMos from a single web page or app. We then used the phone to create geofences that track when individuals enter or exit a region close to their home.
Team Augmented Reality Communicator – ARC is an application that aids people with disabilities in their independence. ARC helps you navigate the world around you and send text messages to family, friends, or primary care providers to alert them when you do need assistance.
Team Connected Health – What better way to be connected to your health than have your Glass be aware of how you are doing? Connected Health allows your Google Glass to become the central dashboard for your health by pulling data from ATT’s mHealth APIs.
Team Home Command – We want to make home automation easy and affordable for everyone and allow people to control everything from multiple devices.
Team Astro Doggie Wear – An app intended for use by the hearing impaired. The app uses a Speech-to-Text API that converts messages to text and then publishes those messages on a device attached to a dog’s collar. The dog is trained to respond to chimes and walk over to his master when a message is received.